Scott welcomes captaincy 'boost'
Posted: 14 February 2018 Time: 11:00
Bidvest Wits midfielder Granwald Scott has commented on his return to action as well as the “surprise” of donning the captain’s armband over the weekend.
The Clever Boys were in CAF Champions League action on Saturday evening, when they beat Mauritian champions Pamplemousses 2-0 in their first-leg tie at the Bidvest Stadium.
Scott made his first appearance since last featuring against Ajax Cape Town at the start of December, and relished his return to action after being sidelined with an ankle injury.
“It felt good to get some minutes again. I was out for about three weeks with an ankle injury, and I’ve worked hard to get back to training again,” Scott explains to KickOff.com.
“It was quite difficult after 60 minutes and, even though the opposition wasn’t that competitive, I feel we should have had eight or nine goals.
“But I’m happy to have at least gotten 90 minutes under my belt, and it feels good to be back in contention again.”
The 30-year-old reveals he was surprised at being chosen to lead the team for the first time since his arrival at the club last January, but welcomes the confidence boost.
“It was kind of a surprise because we had our vice-captain [Buhle Mkhwanazi] in the starting line-up, but the coach knows what he’s doing,” he says.
“I think it’s also about trying to get my confidence up, especially having come back from injury, because it’s often difficult to come back when the team is doing well.
“There’s quite a few midfielders that’s training to be in contention for selection, so the captain’s armband and the victory certainly helped my confidence a bit.”
With many experienced leaders in the squad, the former Slovan Bratislava tough-tackler feels his captaincy style is a cross between Thulani 'Tyson' Hlatshwayo and Moeneeb Josephs.
“Most of our players have at some point in their career been their former clubs’ captain somewhere, and at the moment we have a number of captains,” he adds.
“But, for me, it’s just to bring my part. We have so many different leadership characters – Moeneeb, who’s very vocal and energetic; Tyson, who grafts hard but doesn’t say much.
“I have a bit of both in me, but I think I’m more like Tyson, where I lead by tackling, organising and trying not to give the ball away too much, rather than talking a lot.
“But the coach knows I’m a tactical player, so giving me the armband makes me have to speak more because I had young Anthony Gordinho alongside me, and he’s still learning.
“So, me being there was also about offering guidance, encouraging players and making sure we keep the shape, instead of coming down hard on them.”